Welcome

Welcome to the Lee County Historical and Genealogical Society located in Dixon, Illinois.  We hope you find your visit a productive and pleasurable user experience. Our volunteers work tirelessly to provide accurate and relevant information to our members. They have created an every name index of 25 Lee County town and county histories. Listed below are the books that are included in this index. This one index, contains over 94,000 entries. You can become a member and search your family history or you can have us do the research. Either way we are glad you are here!

Members are able to search the following indexes:

Lee County Histories Index
100 Years of the Methodist Episcopal Church
1881 County History, Hill Co.
1892 Portrait & Biographical Record of Lee County
1904 History of Lee County, by Bardwell
1914 History of Lee County, by Stevens Vol. 1 & 2
2000 Biographies of the Citizens of Lee County Illinois
Ashton
Biography of a Country Town, Becker
Compton
Dixon, by George Lamb
Early Lee County, by William D. Barge, 1918
Green River Ordinance Plant
Historical Yearbook 1976
History of Harmon
History of Steward, 1970
History of Melugins Grove
History of Steward, 1905
Lee Centennial
Memories of Franklin Grove
Ohio Centennial
Paw Paw Centennial
Recollections of the Pioneers of Lee Co.
Story of Dixon & Palmyra, 1830-1880
Sublette

Dixon City Directories
1869-70, 1878-79, 1890, 1892-93, 1894-95, 1896, 1898-99, 1900, 1905-6, 1907-8, 1908-9, 1911, 1912, 1914-15, 1916-17, 1920, 1922, 1924, 1928, 1930, 1934, 1936, 1938, 1940, 1942, 1946, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1957, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1975, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1989

Dixon High School Annuals, the Dixonians
1914, 1915, 1917, 1918, 1919, 1920, 1921, 1922, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1926, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1937, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1060, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1994

Amboy High School Annuals, the Amboyan
1918, 1919, 1920, 1926, 1928, 1930, 1935, 1936, 1937,1938, 1939, 1940, 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994

Cemeteries
Walked records on all known Lee Co. cemeteries except Oakwood.
Sexton records for Oakwood and several others.
We are re-walking the cemeteries as time permits. Oakwood, Prairieville, Sugar Grove and Pine Grove are currently being worked on. Some photos are being taken. Most of the walked cemetery records were created at the end of the 1980’s.

Plat Books
We have a good selection of Lee County plat books:
1863 – indexed, 1872 – indexed, 1900, 1915, 1921 – indexed, 1935, 1947, 1949, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1960, 1965, 1972, 1973, 1979-80, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1991, 1993, 1995.
Plat book from 1955 on have indexes in them. The 1863 is a plat map. 1972 to 1935 are large format books. Some of these indexes are online.

Family Histories & Family Information
As you can see we have a whole bookcase full of family histories, and there is also file cabinets with family files and past research.

Other Items in our Collection
Foreign Genealogy
Reference Books
Vertical files
Genealogical Aids
Reference Books
Vertical file

Illinois
County Histories
Local Histories-some counties
Cemeteries-some counties
Newsletters of County Genealogical Societies
Vertical file

Lee County
Estate Index-microfilm
US Federal Census for Lee County 1840-1920
State Census for Lee County 1855 & 1865
Rural Directories
Photographs
Vital statistics

Periodicals
Genealogical Society Newsletters
Other Genealogical Periodicals

United States
Reference Books on individual states
Federal Pension Rolls
Vital Statistics on Some States
Social Security Death Index

CD ROMs, Microfiche, Videos
1880 Federal Census on CD
Federal Pensioners Rolls
Marriage Records–some states
PERSI
Social Security Death Index
World Family Tree
Video of Lee County Genealogical Society

Newspapers

Dixon Telegraph
Published: 1851-Present, note that years, 1860-63, of the Telegraph are missing.
Indexed: 1851-1947, completed, online
Indexed: 1948-2005, completed, online members section

Amboy News 1882-1886
Published 1882-Present
Indexed: 1882-1886, completed

Amboy Journal 1856-1879
Published: 1856-1913
Indexed: 1856-1881, completed

Paw Paw News
Published: 1874-1876
Indexed: 1874-1876, completed

Lee County Times (Paw Paw)
Published: 1882- 1958
Indexed: none at this time

Dixon Star & Sun
Published: earliest being 1873 and the latest 1914
Indexed: Dixon Weekly Sun, 1894-1896
Contains newspaper titles of: Dixon Daily Leader, Dixon Star, Dixon Daily Star, Dixon Daily News, Dixon Sun, Dixon Daily Sun, Dixon Simi-Weekly Sun, and Dixon Weekly Sun.